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AASAP/UK Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship

Please note the annual Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship has been postponed due to COVID-19. The AASAP board will re-evaluate the scholarship dates as soon as possible once classes resume on university campuses, allowing students to better plan for their applications.

The AASAP/UK Board announced that the winner of the Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship for 2019/2020 was Harsh Dubey from Georgetown University. 


In 2012 AASAP/UK launched the Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship for study abroad students coming to the UK. Lord Acton was AASAP/UK’s first Honorary President, serving in this capacity from 2006 until his untimely death in 2010. His professional career included work as a banker, barrister, human rights campaigner, writer and politician. He sat in the House of Lords as both a life and hereditary peer on the Labour benches. He was a champion of international educational and cultural exchange, and offered invaluable assistance and guidance to AASAP/UK.


Recent Winners

Nina Kambili from New York University
is spending a year at NYU in London.  Read her reflective essay here

Taylor Claeys, Academic Year 2017/2018 - read her reflective essay here and see the photo of her accepting the scholarship here

King Fok, Fall 2016 - read his reflection essay here

Petra Rantanen, Fall 2015Read her reflective essay here. 


The purpose of the scholarship is to provide a deserving study abroad student with financial support to pursue academic study in the United Kingdom.  By offering the scholarship, AASAP/UK is fulfilling one of its purposes – the promotion and support of academic standards. The merit-based scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of the value of an international educational experience and who agrees to share with AASAP/UK members the ways in which the scholarship has helped to fulfil their academic and personal ambitions.  The award will be £1,000 for a semester or full year abroad.

The winning student will be required to attend an AASAP/UK meeting to meet the membership, receive the award, and give a short presentation on the goals and objectives that will be made possible through this financial support.  In addition, the scholarship recipient must provide a final written reflection on the impact of the scholarship on their study abroad experience, which will be uploaded to the Association website.

Eligibility Requirements for candidates:

a. Enrolment in full-time education
b. Undergraduate status at a university or college based in the United States
c. Acceptance on a study abroad programme offered by an AASAP/UK FULL OR ASSOCIATE member with a minimum length of one semester/term.  See for a list of current members
d. Minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA
e. Willingness to share their experiences abroad with the AASAP/UK community in person at the beginning and through a reflective written piece at the end of their study abroad experience

Any questions, please contact [email protected]